Vitamin A
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Vitamin A (Retinol) is deficient in 44% of the general population and may be higher in PWCs.

Vitamin A deficiency is “strongly associated” with impaired immunity and infectious disease (5). Vitamin A deficiency impairs innate immunity and is also related to adaptive immunity (6). Examples of autoimmune diseases associated with vitamin A deficiency include rheumatoid arthritis (7), juvenile arthritis (8), Lyme disease (9), systemic lupus (7), and insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (10, 11).

The Role of Vitamin A Deficiency in Autoimmune Diseases Including Gulf War Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Fibromyalgia Frederick W. Plapp, Jr.

Low levels precedes the onset of:

  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (29% lower)

Improves patients with:

  • Lupus

"Vitamin A seems to stimulate the immune system and the production of white blood cells. Often when some kind of infection like the flu or a cold hits an intake of 100,000 to 150,000 IU for not more than three days will effectively turn on the immune system to the extent that the infection is stopped."

"Research used to indicate that no more than 50,000 IU of vitamin A on a daily basis can be utilized by the body"

Food Vitamin A in food types see http://www.springboard4health.com/notebook/v_a.html

Toxicity

  • Hypervitaminosis has been observed in individuals ingesting 50,000 IU of vitamin A daily for several years.
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